Born in Rochdale and raised in Bristol, Sajid spent most of his formative years outside the M25. After attending a local state school, he went on to read Economics and Politics at Exeter University. Sajid became involved with politics whilst at school, an interest that continued at university.
Before being first elected in 2010, he worked in business and finance. Aged 25, he became a Vice President at Chase Manhattan Bank. He later moved to Deutsche Bank in London to help build its business in emerging market countries. Sajid left Deutsche Bank as a senior Managing Director in the summer of 2009 to give something back through politics.
Sajid was first elected in 2010 and has held several positions in government.
- Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Sep 2012 – Oct 2013
- Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Oct 2013 – April 2014
- Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, April 2014 – May 2015
- Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, May 2015 – July 2016
- Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, July 2016 - April 2018
- Secretary of State for the Home Department, April 2018 - July 2019
- Chancellor of the Exchequer, July 2019 - February 2020
Sajid is married to Laura and they are proud parents of four children.
He is a Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School (Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government).
Sajid is an active local campaigner and has campaigned for fairer school funding, to upgrade the train station, improve road and transport services, better local NHS services for residents and create more growth and opportunities in the town.
Since being first elected in 2010, Sajid has held five annual Jobs Fairs and four Pensioners Fairs.